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Posted: Yesterday at 22:29

FOBC = Fear of Being Chicked.  

Muddy - I briefly went the wrong way too on Sunday but luckily the guy behind me called me back and I only lost a couple of places.  Bloody annoying though.  I think the mud thing is probably just practice and doing some sessions off road - so the occasional tempo effort run over muddy footing, off road hill repeats, off road fartlek and so on.  How often depends on your priorities for road vs off road I guess.  I've wanted to do xc season but also a fast road 10k and also a road maraton in spring so my training has been a mixture.  I've probably slacked on my off road sessions in the last few weeks though as the lure of free track during the day has been too strong.   

Good to see you back, Madbee.  Are you doing London again?

Good gymming, Lit.  I'm a rubbish cross trainer and use injuries as an excuse to be really lazy I think.   

Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:04
Hmm, the classic is going to overtake someone, they do a double take, push on to try and overtake you back, drop back after a few yards, and repeat. When you've seen guys overtaking them without any apparent response. Most guys are absolutely fine, some are competitive with everyone but there are guys that it bothers. And in my experience it's more likely to happen further back in the field because the faster guys aren't so twatty about it.

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Posted: 29/11/2015 at 22:46

Sounds like you had a similar level of fun, Charlie.  It is funny when men exhibit their FOGC complexes though.  Often happens at Parkrun I find.  

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Posted: 29/11/2015 at 22:43


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Posted: 29/11/2015 at 19:45
Boo, Lit. Are you icing and ibuprofening

That sounds like a good run, Mace. I haven't run as far as 13 for ages. Plenty of time to build the endurance back.

Pete - haha. Yes they did have to "refurbish" Coventry as I don't think there was much left after the Luftwaffe had done their stuff. The race was in a country park so in the middle of a field. I guess no need to fill in. There are also two bomb craters in the woods close to our house where I think they dumped bombs to save fuel on the way back.

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Posted: 29/11/2015 at 14:28

 I was very pleased to find I had won a tenner for.   So, sort of horrible, sort of fun and helped by hot soup for the runners afterwards and quite a nice flask.   

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Posted: 29/11/2015 at 14:28

Coombe 8

Not the ideal prep for this tough cross-country race in that I'd come down with a sore throat and associated symptoms early in the week.  The sore throat had gone and I felt ok, if a bit snotty.  So decided I might as well run anyway...if nothing else it would be good prep for next weeks XC league fixture.  

Had a somewhat disturbed night due to small children plus a bout of insomnia so laid in until 7:30.  Slight error as this meant I didn't eat my porridge until 8am but I figured that would still give me 2 hours before the race start at 10am.  Arrived with half an hour to sort out my number and warm up.  Couldn't decide what to wear as there was a wind that could be described as ferocious blowing and heavy rain forecast.  I'd decided to opt for shorts, t-shirt and vest with extra clothes in my bag in case I came over nesh after the warm up.  But option a was fine and after a mile of jogging and a few strides we were ready for the off.  

The first bit goes out of the visitors centre and loops around a field.  The footing was ok, bit muddy but not horrendous but the wind was horrible.  Just as we started a squally shower started up as well so icy rain blowing straight into your face.  Marvellous. First mile came in around 7:32, felt ok although was probably a bit far up the field and had been warned this race was a toughie so started to worry a bit.  Afetr the first mile the course passes the visitors centre again (requiring hurdling a couple of low fences) and then wiggles around through some woodland - a mixture of short up and downhills, lots of changes in direction, some path, some grass, some rooty undergrowth.  Second mile was a bit slower in 7:40 or so but was ok with that.  At three miles I realised that I had an issue with mucus in that I kept having to clear my throat and deal with snot and this kept disturbing my breathing pattern, due to that my breathing pattern has increased to a 2/1 which is my normal end of short race pattern so realised I was probably in a bit of trouble.  

At some point we had to cross quite a deep river.  There was a steepish bank down to it and then thigh high freezing water with a step out the otehr side that you couldn't even see.  After that my legs felt like they belonged to someone else.  We then left the shelter of the woodland and started to run around some fields.  Of course it was incredibly exposed and at certain points you felt like you couldn't even run at all.  My average pace was now dropping quite severely and a couple of clubmates had passed and I realised it wasn't on for me so I should just be conservative.  We passed the visitors centre again and the urge to DNF was very strong but my pride wouldn't let me.  

The course organisers had used all the tricks of the trade - there were numerous switchbacks up and down inclines, muddy bits, a river, fallen tree to hurdle, more fences to hurdle.  And the overarching strength of the wind all designed to sap the strength in your legs.  

After 5 miles we passed back out into the fields again - just a loop of the field but again they'd used all of the natural features to knock you down.  We had to run in and out of three bomb craters.  the first was the toughest as the sides were very steep and it was hard to run in and out of.  A girl from Massey had overtaken me and I overtook her back in one of these but she got me back again.  Mile 5 and 6 were like 8.5 mm pace.  Finally with a couple of miles to go I was able to pick up the pace again a little and bring it home but still couldn't catch the Massey girl.

Finished in 1.03 something and 10th lady (although only the 5th lady from my club!), which I was very pleased to find I had

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Posted: 26/11/2015 at 12:41

Possibly, Lit, but probably also due to having good conformation and paying good attention to strength, flexibility etc like what I don't 

As a naturally wide hipped, knock kneed, over-pronating person I'm always skating across potential for injury it feels like.  

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Posted: 26/11/2015 at 10:06

Exactly, DT!  It's the old chestnut that running your daily runs too fast makes you a bit tired, and then you're too tired to hit the proper intensity for your threshold or interval type runs.  So you either can the session, or just muddle through it a bit slower than planned, less reps, more recovery etc.  And then you end up with a series of moderately hard paced runs that your body just must adapt to, but no more.  Generally after a while the same people get bored/frustrated at their lack of progression or injured and have to take long breaks or give up.  I know your sessions are all pretty hard DT but I guess you also have a lot of recovery in terms of days off etc

It frustrates me that people I KNOW have good potential follow this pattern over and over again and run slower than me in races when they should be leaving me for dust.  But I'm bossy enough without going "I happened to notice on Strava that you're training ALL wrong".  Of course if I was less nosy and interfering this wouldn't be a problem .  But as it is it makes my teeth itch.  Especially when people are congratulating them for their great times which is only encouraging them to do more of the wrong thing.  

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Posted: 25/11/2015 at 21:20

Maybe - but the one I'm particularly thinking of runs everything at 6:20's.  But McMillan suggests given race times he should be running 7-8mm range.  Surely you can't just find that level "easy". (Although I appreciate for some people that would be an "easy" pace).  I think that's what I mean when I see some people running who run with their dicks.  Actually unfair as come to think of it I know a fair few women like this as well.  Some people have forgotten/never knew what "easy" actually feels like.

Have you got a strap on pool float thing?  Aqua running is a good option.   

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